COACHING STAFF

Seb Furness | Assistant Coach

Seb Furness enters his fourth season on Colorado State's staff as an assistant coach, primarily responsible for the growth of the team's goalkeepers. Furness first joined the rams for the 2016 campaign.

Furness comes to Colorado State after spending time working as a volunteer assistant coach at the University of Nebraska-Omaha, while also working as the director of the Omaha Football Club, a local youth club where he oversaw the program's goalkeeping and recruiting. Furness got his start in the coaching profession at Creighton University.

A native of Middlesbrough, England, Furness grew up playing in Middlesbrough FC's development academy. Upon being released by the club, Furness turned his attention to academics and ending up moving his life to the States, where he played for four years at West Texas A&M. Furness closed out his career as the program leader in saves (209) and shutouts (21) and led NCAA Division II in save percentage with .889 as a sophomore. After graduating in 2012, Furness spent two seasons playing for Tindastoll FC in Iceland in the Icelandinc First Division.

Furness has a wife, Erin, and two sons, Henry and Roy.

 

Tori Ball | Assistant Coach

Tori Ball begins third season as a member of the Colorado State staff in 2019. Head coach Bill Hempen formally announced the hiring of Ball as an assistant coach on Friday, July 7, 2017.

Ball, a native of Mobile, Ala., joins the CSU soccer program after coaching for the past two seasons with the FC Boulder soccer club. Ball played collegiately as a striker at Auburn University from 2011-14.
“We’re very excited to have Tori join our program,” Hempen said. “She comes from a very good program at Auburn where she was a striker, and we are hoping she will help move our program forward offensively.”

The former Auburn standout was the head coach of multiple teams for FC Boulder, which is a member of the U.S. Soccer Development Academy. Among other responsibilities was her top priority of on-field and off-field player development. Ball also served as the program’s social media director in her second year with the club.

Ball holds NSCAA Level 6 credentials and has received her USSF D and E Licenses. In addition to her experience with FC Boulder, Ball has spent time as the junior varsity head coach and an assistant varsity coach at Boulder High School. Ball’s first coaching stints included a student assistant position at Auburn, as well as a position with a club team in Auburn, Ala.

“I am really excited to join the staff here at CSU and the whole athletics department,” Ball said. “I am looking forward to helping the program grow, and use both my playing and coaching experience to make us more dynamic up front.”

In her playing career, Ball helped the Tigers reach the second round NCAA Tournament three times, and as a freshman, helped the Tigers win the SEC Tournament title. Ball finished her career with 21 goals, and ranks as one of Auburn’s all-time top ten goal scorers. Of those 21 goals, eight were game-winning goals, which ranks fifth all-time at Auburn. Additionally, Ball ranks third all-time for the Tigers with 89 appearances, which includes 55 starts. Ball amassed 53 total points in her career, and as a junior and senior, Ball was second on the team in points.

Ball was heavily involved in community service initiatives in Auburn, Ala., and in 2013, spent three weeks in South Africa working with underprivileged children. Ball served as a volunteer for the Dreams to Reality Foundation, running school exercise-based education programming.

Ball was a four-time SEC Academic Honor Roll scholar, a five-time Auburn Academic Top Tiger and was a member of Auburn’s student-athlete honor society, Chi Alpha Sigma. She graduated from Auburn in 2015 with a bachelor’s degree in fitness, performance & conditioning.